Mythology in some Suttas and Jātaka Tales

Sometimes for people practising Samatha an exercise is set to be aware of the Four Great Kings: you become aware of your feet standing firmly on the ground and imagine a king in each direction, one gold, one red, one silver and one blue. Just doing this with a light and cheerful attention 'centres' the mind, and brings you back into the body so that you do not feel too distracted or bogged down by a particular tricky situation.

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